Applying to NC Colleges? Take an Inside Look at 16 UNC Schools

College admissions information for all 16 UNC institutions.


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The college search and application process can seem daunting for most families. Given the abundance of online college-related data, it's never been easier to find information on your prospective schools; yet it has also become increasingly difficult to discern useful from misleading information. This can leave families and students frustrated with their college search.

To bring greater clarity to this process, College Transitions has compiled data from several reliable sources to create institutional profiles for North Carolina's colleges and universities. In sum, these profiles provide North Carolina students and their families with an objective, inside look into the 16 four-year schools within the UNC system. Profiles detail everything from student-to-faculty ratios to acceptance rates and the percentage of students who successfully graduate in four years. For additional college admissions-related data and information, please visit www.collegetransitions.com. If you are also interested in private schools, browse this Inside Look at 21 NC Private Colleges.

Data sources include the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), institutional websites, COLLEGEdata, and the College Board. Each four-year UNC member institution is listed below and schools are presented in alphabetical order:

Jump to the school you're interested in: Appalachian State University; East Carolina University; Elizabeth City State University; Fayetteville State UniversityNorth Carolina A&T UniversityNorth Carolina Central UniversityNorth Carolina State UniversityUNC-Asheville; UNC-Chapel Hill; UNC-Charlotte; UNC-GreensboroUNC-Pembroke; UNC School of the Arts; UNC-WilmingtonWestern Carolina University; Winston-Salem State University

 

Appalachian State University

Type of school: Large university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 16,255
  • Freshman class size: 3,030
  • 4-year graduation rate: 44 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 66 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 70 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 88 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC
  • Priority Decision deadline: Nov. 15
  • Regular Decision deadline: March 15
  • Early Action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 13,506
  • Acceptance rate: 63 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 4.06
  • SAT Math average: 579
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 576
  • ACT Composite average: 26
  • Class rank top tenth (Percentage of students attending the college who were in the top 10 percent of their high school class): 21 percent
  • Class rank top quarter (Percentage of students attending the college who were in the top 25 percent of their high school class): 61 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank

 

East Carolina University

Type of school: Large university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 22,252
  • Freshman class size: 4,180
  • 4-year graduation rate: 33 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 54 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 59 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 81 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC, ECU website
  • Priority Decision deadline: N/A
  • Regular Decision deadline: March 15
  • Early Action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 14,223
  • Acceptance rate: 77 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.67
  • SAT Math average: 528
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 514
  • ACT Composite average: 22
  • Class rank top tenth: 13 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 40 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank

 

Elizabeth City State University

Type of school: Medium-sized liberal arts college
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s
Special designation: Historically Black College and University (HBCU)

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 1,805
  • Freshman class size: 204
  • 4-year graduation rate: 15 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 32 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 39 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 68 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC
  • Priority Decision deadline: May 1
  • Regular Decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early Action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 1,504
  • Acceptance rate: 49 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): N/A
  • SAT Math average: 435
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 428
  • ACT Composite average: 18
  • Class rank top tenth: 2 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 5 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Level of applicant’s interest

 

Fayetteville State University

Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral
Special designation: Historically Black College and University (HBCU)

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 5,247
  • Freshman class size: 468
  • 4-year graduation rate: 17 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 30 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 35 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 74 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC
  • Priority Decision deadline: N/A
  • Regular Decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early Action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Minimal
  • Total applicants: 4,110
  • Acceptance rate: 50 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.25
  • SAT Math average: 448
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 442
  • ACT Composite average: 19
  • Class rank top tenth: 9 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 26 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests

 

North Carolina A&T State University

Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral
Special designation: Historically Black College and University (HBCU)

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 9,203
  • Freshman class size: 1,707
  • 4-year grad rate: 21 percent
  • 5-year grad rate: 40 percent
  • 6-year grad rate: 48 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 79 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC
  • Priority Decision deadline: N/A
  • Regular Decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early Action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 7,075
  • Acceptance rate: 57 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 2.48
  • SAT Math average: 462
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 441
  • ACT Composite average: 18
  • Class rank top tenth: 11 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 34 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Geographic residence

 

North Carolina Central University

Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral
Special designation: Historically Black College and University (HBCU)

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 5,917
  • Freshman class size: 923
  • 4-year graduation rate: 22 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 43 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 47 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 77 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC
  • Priority Decision deadline: Oct. 15, Nov. 15, Jan. 15
  • Regular Decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early Action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Minimal
  • Total applicants: 11,246
  • Acceptance rate: 43 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.2
  • SAT Math average: 447
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 440
  • ACT Composite average: 18
  • Class rank top tenth: 6 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 24 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized Tests
  • Class Rank

 

North Carolina State University

Type of school: Large university
Degrees available: Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 24,473
  • Freshman class size: 4,493
  • 4-year graduation rate: 44 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 71 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 76 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 93 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): Common Application
  • Priority Decision deadline: N/A
  • Regular Decision deadline: Jan. 15
  • Early Action deadline: Oct. 15
  • Entrance difficulty: Very
  • Total applicants: 20,443
  • Acceptance rate: 52 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.63
  • SAT Math average: 641
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 607
  • ACT Composite average: 28
  • Class rank top tenth: 52 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 86 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank

 

UNC-Asheville

Type of school: Medium-sized university and liberal arts college
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 3,804
  • Freshman class size: 628
  • 4-year graduation rate: 38 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 61 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 64 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 77 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC, Common Application
  • Priority Decision deadline: Nov. 15
  • Regular Decision deadline: Feb. 15
  • Early Action deadline: Nov. 15
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 3,090
  • Acceptance rate: 73 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.4
  • SAT Math average: 587
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 610
  • ACT Composite average: 24
  • Class rank top tenth: 21 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 54 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Recommendations
  • Essay

 

UNC-Chapel Hill

Type of school: Large university
Degrees available: Certificate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 18,350
  • Freshman class size: 3,976
  • 4-year graduation rate: 80 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 89 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 90 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 97 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): Common Application, The Coalition Applicationbeginning fall 2016
  • Priority Decision deadline: Oct. 15
  • Regular Decision deadline: Jan. 15
  • Early Action deadline: Oct. 15
  • Entrance difficulty: Very
  • Total applicants: 31,332
  • Acceptance rate: 28 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 4.59
  • SAT Math average: 662
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 646
  • ACT Composite average: 29
  • Class rank top tenth: 78 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 96 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Recommendations
  • Essay
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Character/personal qualities
  • Work experience

 

UNC-Charlotte

Type of school: Large university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 22,216
  • Freshman class size: 3,299
  • 4-year graduation rate: 25 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 49 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 55 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 82 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 19:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC
  • Priority Decision deadline: Nov. 1
  • Regular Decision deadline: Feb. 1
  • Early Action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 15,610
  • Acceptance rate: 64 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.86
  • SAT Math average: 558
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 537
  • ACT Composite average: 23
  • Class rank top tenth: 23 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 56 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests

 

UNC-Greensboro

Type of school: Large university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 15,313
  • Freshman class size: 2,572
  • 4-year graduation rate: 31 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 50 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 56 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 78 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 17:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC
  • Priority Decision deadline: Dec. 1
  • Regular Decision deadline: March 1
  • Early Action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 10,040
  • Acceptance rate: 61 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.66
  • SAT Math average: 511
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 514
  • ACT Composite average: 22
  • Class rank top tenth: 16 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 43 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests

 

UNC-Pembroke

Type of school: Medium-sized university and liberal arts college
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 5,511
  • Freshman class size: 1,050
  • 4-year graduation rate: 15 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 30 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 34 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 68 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC
  • Priority Decision deadline: N/A
  • Regular Decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early Action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 4,035
  • Acceptance rate: 73 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.38
  • SAT Math average: 465
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 460
  • ACT Composite average: 19
  • Class rank top tenth: 1 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 5 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests

 

UNC School of the Arts

Type of school: Small college of art and performing arts
Degrees available: Certificate, Bachelor’s, Master’s
Special designation: Arts conservatory

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 854
  • Freshman class size: 219
  • 4-year graduation rate: 59 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 60 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 61 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 89 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC. Special note: All applicants must audition or interview with arts faculty. Audition and interview dates are listed on the admissions page of each arts school. Be sure to check the application priority dates.
  • Priority Decision deadline: Varies by program
  • Regular Decision deadline: Varies by program
  • Early Action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: N/A
  • Total applicants: 868
  • Acceptance rate: 43 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.7
  • SAT Math average: 543
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 569
  • ACT Composite average: 24
  • Class rank top tenth: 12 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 46 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Recommendations
  • Interview
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Character/personal qualities

 

UNC-Wilmington

Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Certificate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 12,964
  • Freshman class size: 2,156
  • 4-year graduation rate: 49 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 68 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 71 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 84 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 17:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC, Common Application
  • Priority Decision deadline: Nov. 1
  • Regular Decision deadline: Feb. 1
  • Early Action deadline: Nov. 1
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 11,523
  • Acceptance rate: 59 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 4.1
  • SAT Math average: 601
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 590
  • ACT Composite average: 25
  • Class rank top tenth: 27 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 69 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Recommendations
  • Essay

 

Western Carolina University

Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 8,787
  • Freshman class size: 1,745
  • 4-year graduation rate: 40 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 55 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 58 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 78 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC
  • Priority Decision deadline: Nov. 15
  • Regular Decision deadline: March 1
  • Early Action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 15,398
  • Acceptance rate: 43 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.75
  • SAT Math average: 525
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 518
  • ACT Composite average: 22
  • Class rank top tenth: 13 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 39 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Recommendations
  • Essay
  • Level of applicant’s interest
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Character/personal qualities
  • Work experience

 

Winston-Salem State University

Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral
Special designation: Historically Black College and University (HBCU)

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 4,793
  • Freshman class size: 844
  • 4-year graduation rate: 17 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 38 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 46 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 79 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC
  • Priority Decision deadline: N/A
  • Regular Decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early Action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Minimal
  • Total applicants: 4,433
  • Acceptance rate: 60 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.01
  • SAT Math average: 449
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 440
  • ACT Composite average: 17
  • Class rank top tenth: 5 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 25 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank

 


How Is Entrance Difficulty Figured?

Entrance difficulty is a measure of the academic qualifications of recently enrolled freshmen and the proportion of applicants who are admitted. The greater the entrance difficulty, the higher the class rank and test scores of enrolled freshmen and the lower the percentage of applicants admitted. At public institutions, the entrance difficulty used applies to residents. At many public institutions, particularly the more selective ones, entrance is more difficult for nonresidents than for residents. Each college reports its entrance difficulty, choosing the category that best matches from the following:
 
Most Difficult More than 75 percent of freshmen were in the top 10 percent of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT; about 30 percent or fewer of all applicants accepted.
Very Difficult More than 50 percent of freshmen were in the top 10 percent of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT or over 26 on the ACT; about 60 percent or fewer of all applicants accepted.
Moderately Difficult More than 75 percent of freshmen were in the top 50 percent of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT; about 85 percent or fewer of all applicants accepted.
Minimally Difficult Most freshmen were not in the top 50 percent of their high school class and scored somewhat below 1010 on the SAT or below 19 on the ACT; up to 95 of all applicants accepted.
Noncompetitive Virtually all applicants accepted regardless of high school rank or test scores.
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Join park staff for an informal fishing experience for the whole family. Take your own poles or borrow one from the park through the Tackle Loaner Program. Bait and basic instruction are...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Little eyes, ears and hearts are always watching and learning how to navigate life through Moms. Explore what it means to manage your mind and how important it is for your family as well as...

Cost: $10

Where:
Center for Excellence
3803B Computer Drive, Suite 106B
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Tracy Nolin Beerman
Telephone: 919-612-4608
Contact Name: Tracy
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Every year on June 21, we enjoy the most hours of sunlight during the whole year. Discover the science and cultural celebrations behind this special summer day. Make a pretty suncatcher to hang in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Join us at Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro every Thursday at 10 a.m. for a casual storytime on the porch or even out in the yard. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Chatham Marketplace
480 Hillsboro St.
Pittsboro, NC  27312
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Sponsor: Chatham Marketplace
Telephone: 919-542-2643
Contact Name: Craig Kolman
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Enjoy an easy-paced and stroller-friendly walk along the greenway. Suggested for ages 3 and younger with parent. Register online. Choose course #219870.

Cost: Free

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson St.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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Enjoy a free blueberry dessert and purchase fresh blueberries from local growers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Raleigh State Farmers Market
1201 Agriculture St.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Little ones enjoy storytime.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
5959 Triangle Town Blvd.
Cary, NC  27616
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What do Historic Yates Mill County Park and the woodland faeries have in common? They both love nature! Take a short walk near the millpond to search for evidence of faeries (sightings are not...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Kindergarten students entering year-round school practice a lunch line, get moving at recess, hop on a school bus and explore circle time.   

Cost: Free

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy a family-friendly movie and a slice or two of pizza. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $5/person. Free for ages 2 and younger

Where:
The Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Every year on June 21, we enjoy the most hours of sunlight during the whole year. Discover the science and cultural celebrations behind this special summer day. Make a pretty suncatcher to hang in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about tummy time alternatives, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Go nutty for nature as children satisfy some of their curiosity about the world around them and parents share in the joy of discovery. Ages 3-5 with parent. Register online.

Cost: $10/resident, $13/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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A wonderfully kid-paced hour featuring music, play and dancing with toddler stars singing on the mic at Cotton's gently amplified & participatory music show. Children delight in...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Pump It Up Raleigh
10700 World Trade Blvd, #112
Raleigh, NC  27617
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Sponsor: Pump it Up
Telephone: 919-828-3344
Contact Name: Owner/manager Kellie Paterson McHugh
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Little ones enjoy storytime.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
5959 Triangle Town Blvd.
Cary, NC  27616
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about carry positions, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to crawl,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Join the folks at Open Table UMC in the Mordecai Neighborhood for free music and food trucks.

Cost: Free

Where:
Open Table United Methodist Church
824 N. Bloodworth Street
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Sponsor: Open Table UMC
Telephone: 919-561-2637
Contact Name: Andrea Chapman
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See the remake of Jeghetto’s hit puppet show co-written by Pierce Freelon of The Beast. This show was awarded two grants from the Henson Foundation. This Afrofuturistic puppet show,...

Cost: $15/person

Where:
The ArtsCenter
300-G East Main Street
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Sponsor: The ArtsCenter
Telephone: 191-992-92787
Contact Name: Patrick Phelps-Mckeown
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See the critically acclaimed documentary p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Arial; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} from Academy Award-winning...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
2116-D New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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The summer heat is back, and so are the insects! Join us in the Finley Center exhibit hall to do some fun insect-themed crafts. We will make butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs, and other insect...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Get the real scoop on turtles, how they “earn a living," and hear a story. Ages 5 and older. Register online.

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-4330
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Transform a plastic storage box into a worm bin suitable for indoor use. Materials provided. Suggested for ages 6 and older. Register online by June 17. Choose course #220017.

Cost: $45/family for City of Raleigh residents; $60 for non-residents

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson St.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2761
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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Go nutty for nature as children satisfy some of their curiosity about the world around them and parents share in the joy of discovery. Ages 3-5 with parent. Register online.

Cost: $10/resident, $13/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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After a shaded walk out to the creek entrance, take nets into the water to see some of these creek critters up close. Discuss some of the reasons it’s so important to keep these aquatic...

Cost: Free

Where:
Johnston Mill Nature Preserve
6001 Turkey Farm Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: Triangle Land Conservancy
Telephone: 191-990-80054
Contact Name: Molly Richard
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Little ones enjoy storytime.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
5959 Triangle Town Blvd.
Cary, NC  27616
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Enjoy Little Golden Books' "Jurassic Park." This action-packed and age-appropriate title is great for dinosaur lovers, both new and old. Activities to follow. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
760 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Read stories together and enjoy an arts and crafts activity based on the books.

Cost: $5

Where:
Read With Me
111 E. Hargett St., #110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy food trucks, games and dog-related vendors.

Cost: Free

Where:
Dorothea Dix Park
2105 Umstead Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Want to get inside Historic Yates Mill? Join us for a half-hour tour (starting at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30 or 3 p.m.) to view the main power drive and milling machinery while exploring the mill's...

Cost: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60+), $3/Child (ages 7-16), Age 6 & under free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Enjoy a one-hour family friendly performance, followed by a party in the lobby featuring live music, face-painting, snacks and additional activities. The 2018 Children’s Matinee...

Cost: $17.25

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian Drive
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: American Dance Festival
Telephone: 919-684-6402
Contact Name: Sarah Tondu
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Pilobolus delivers a one-hour family friendly performance as part of the American Dance Festival. Enjoy an all-ages party in the lobby featuring live music, face-painting,...

Cost: $17.25/person

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian Dr.
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: American Dance Festival
Telephone: 919-684-6402
Contact Name: Sarah Tondu
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Enjoy all-things blueberry, food trucks and more at Vollmer Farms' annual Blueberry Festival. Vollmer Farms' Back-40 Country Playground will be open and features a giant...

Cost: $15/person. Free for ages 12 and younger

Where:
Vollmer Farm
677 NC Hwy 98 East
Bunn, NC  27508
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Sponsor: Vollmer Farm
Telephone: 919-496-3076
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Explore the historic heart of downtown Raleigh on a walking tour of Fayetteville Street. Tours highlight the people, places, architecture and political movements that have shaped...

Cost: Adults (18+) $10; Youth (7-17) $4; Children (6 & under) Free.

Where:
City of Raleigh Museum
220 Fayetteville St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Learn basic canoeing skills and a bit about the millpond's history, then head out to explore the pond's many features as seen only from the water. Canoes, paddles, and life jackets are provided,...

Cost: $10.00 per boat

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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As the Triangle continues to grow, it is increasingly important to tell the stories of North Carolina so that natives, newcomers and visitors alike feel at home in our great places. Celebrate North...

Cost: $15-$20

Where:
Historic Adams Farm
2601 Broad St.
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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See the critically acclaimed documentary p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Arial; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} from Academy Award-winning...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
2116-D New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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